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Maya Jaggi

Maya Jaggi

    Aminatta Forna: Intimate acts of betrayal
    Aminatta Forna: Intimate acts of betrayal
    Since the break-up of Yugoslavia 20-odd years ago, Croatia’s Adriatic coastline has been a prime spot for those in search of peace. Last...
    Musings of a letters' man
    Musings of a letters' man
    Adonis, the greatest ­living poet of the Arab world, ushers me down a ­labyrinthine corridor in a stately building in Paris, near the Champs...
    Minding the gap -- or not
    Minding the gap -- or not
    Barbara Kingsolver's first novel in nine years takes a huge risk in venturing into copiously charted territory. The Lacuna (Faber) moves...
    Everyman's an alien
    Everyman's an alien
    Maya Jaggi detects echoes of 9/11 in a story about Chinese totalitarianism
    Cairo calling
    Cairo calling
    Ten years ago Alaa Al Aswany was about to give up writing and emigrate to New Zealand. A practising dentist in Cairo, he had toiled at fiction for...
    Arabic writers still fighting for freedom of expression
    Arabic writers still fighting for freedom of expression
    The potholed alleys and bustling coffee houses of Gamaliy-ya, in Islamic Cairo, with chanting incense burners and queues for oven-fresh bread, are...
    When East is West
    When East is West
    When Orhan Pamuk received his Nobel prize for literature in December 2006, he was praised for making Istanbul 'an indispensable literary...
    Free spirit
    Free spirit
    When Ben Okri was down and out in London in the 1970s, sleeping rough after his Nigerian scholarship dried up, he made a pact with himself. "It...
    The voice of conscience
    The voice of conscience
    When Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka visited the Hay Cartagena festival in Colombia earlier this year, in a walled Spanish colonial town on the...
    Fela's rising son
    Fela's rising son
    This year marks the 10th anniversary of the death of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti. But, in the run-up to the annual "Fela-bration" in Lagos,...
    Casualties of war
    Casualties of war
    Half of a Yellow Sun
    Coke mules and reality checks
    Coke mules and reality checks
    A woman died in agony recently near London's Heathrow airport, after stepping off a plane from Ghana with a stomach full of cocaine packages. I...